The mother of all new restaurants

Monica and David Galletti’s newly opened venture on Charlotte Street takes its name from the French for ‘mother’ which also happens to be the name of Monica’s own mother (pronounced Mary in Samoan).

The mother of all new restaurants

74 Charlotte Street,
Fitzrovia,
London
W1T

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Monica and David Galletti’s newly opened venture on Charlotte Street takes its name from the French for ‘mother’ which also happens to be the name of Monica’s own mother (pronounced Mary in Samoan).

Opening their own restaurant has been a long-cherished dream of the couple who met whilst working at Le Gavroche. Fitzrovia was the perfect place to do it. As Monica says, “there’s already a great selection of restaurants here, the area has a real neighbourhood vibe and it’s quite quirky. You almost feel like you’re not in central London.”

Devised with her long-term colleague, head chef Renée Miller, the menus at Mere continue Monica’s passion for great seasonal produce, with a very personal blend of classical French and South Pacific influences. Each course will feature a choice of just six dishes that will change depending on market availability.

David was Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche and, with his team, he has created a wine list that features the best of both worlds, old and new. There’s an affordable focus but with carefully chosen Reserve Wines for those with something special to celebrate or a little more money to spend.

The relaxed bar area offers premium spirits and liqueurs, including whiskies and gins from New Zealand and France, as well as signature and seasonal cocktails. There’s also a private dining room for up to 10 guests.

The influence of Monica’s roots is clear in Mere’s modern interiors. A traditional ‘siapo’, or tapa cloth, made especially in Samoa hangs in the restaurant alongside contemporary Samoan works by her cousin, the artist Solomon Daniel.